USA options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks with reporters at the White House

The United States has not ruled out military options against North Korea, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Friday, after Pyongyang launched another missile over Japan.

McMaster says North Korea is on track to having a nuclear weapon that could threaten its neighbors and the United States.

Trump's remarks came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido earlier on Friday, the latest in a stream of missile tests that have looked to defy the global community.

North Korea, according to McMaster, is "one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems".

"We're out of time", White House National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster said. Haley noted that the US and the U.N. have saddled the hermit nation with crippling sanctions.

McMaster stressed Friday that the U.S.is still trying to resolve the conflict diplomaticcaly.

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"We have strangled their economic situation", she said.

The sanctions were announced days before North Korea's latest provocation this week, the launching of a missile over Japan into the Pacific.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned the launch and called it a "highly provocative" act.

Those options are "not only effective but overwhelming", Trump added for his part, after reviewing a military base near Washington. The new sanctions, coupled with those before them, now ban over 90 percent of North Korea's publicly reported 2016 exports - including coal, textiles, iron and seafood, but not revenues from overseas workers.

"After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said inside an airplane hangar, surrounded by USA airmen and with a looming stealth bomber positioned behind him.

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